Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Burning Our Money

Call me mean-spirited but I don't agree with this at all:


And from the press release:

All Bristol City Council employees earning below a 'living wage' hourly rate of £7.30 will receive a one-off lump sum that brings their pay up to this level.

Current workforce data indicates that there are 247 Full-Time Equivalent council employees and 372 Full-Time Equivalent schools' employees who fall below the Living Wage threshold.

If this was a payment for outstanding performance or doing a great bit of work then fair enough, but in effect this is a bonus for earning a low wage, nothing more. Please don't get me wrong, I think that £6.08 or even £7.30 is pretty terrible, but these jobs are going to be junior and/or unskilled and since there's no shortage of people who will work for minimum wage, why pay more? The small business owner with twenty or so employees may well struggle to give all of their staff a £2k+ pay increase for no discernible benefit but this is no problem if you're almost entirely funded by the taxpayer. Of course, it is very easy to spend other people's money, as demonstrated perfectly by this and the wholly unnecessary taxpayer funded iPad that the tweet above was posted from.

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